IPA Ireland National Tour 2022 – St Patricks Day in CHICAGO!


The news that most of us have been waiting for….a chance to pack the bag for more than just a trip to Dingle, Kilkee or Westport. IPA Ireland Travel, a fully bonded Travel Agency, are travelling to Chicago for five (5) nights this coming St. Patricks Weekend 2022.

Departing 15th March 2022, returning 20th March 2022, this five (5) night package includes direct flights, 4 star Central Hotel, Airport Transfers, 23kg bag. The price will be €1,155 (may change slightly).

Trip Highlights include:  (subject to change)  

  • March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade;
  • Meet Chicago IPA Members/Social Gathering;
  • Visit Chicago Police Headquarters;
  • Shopping at Outlet Centre/Shopping Mall.

Please note,  a full refund will be offered in the event of Covid restrictions.(precise details confirmed on booking)

Number of places are limited, please email ipatravelofficer@gmail.com by 14th June 2021.  Registration Form will then be forwarded with request for booking deposit of just €75.

IPA Region 4 DMR North Prize Winners

IPA Region 4 DMR North held a free raffle for their Regional members last month with a number of Tesco vouchers as prizes. Congratulations to the winners. Pictured below is Regional Secretary Brendan Matthews presenting one of the prizes to Sergeant Fiona Savidge of Balbriggan Garda Station.
Mairead Burke – Ballymun
Ciaran Creagh – Santry
Patrick Lynch – Clontarf
Aoife Keys – Raheny
Fiona Savidge – Balbriggan
Cian O’ Connor – Lusk
Terri Ferguson – Swords
Paula Carter – Coolock

Detective Garda Colm Horkan (RIP)

Each member of IPA Ireland.

On behalf of the National Executive Committee, IPA Ireland, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Detective Garda Horkan on his tragic death.  

To his colleagues in Castlerea Station, Division of Longford/Roscommon, and the wider family of An Garda Síochána, our thoughts and sympathies are with you all.

May Colm rest in peace.

Conor O’ Higgins


IPA Ireland

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(Image: An Garda Síochána)

IPA Ireland and COVID19

IPA Ireland and COVID19

As we move deeper into this unprecedented public health emergency, IPA Section Ireland are doing what we can in this joint effort to prevent the spread of COVID19 to protect the vulnerable members of our communities, including our own membership. We have postponed all social activities and suspended new bookings in our properties in Ireland. Internationally, professional police training events and seminars have been cancelled. We will do what is necessary to protect our members, staff and volunteers.

With over 70% of our membership currently serving members of An Garda Síochána, IPA Ireland proudly support our colleagues on the frontline in this emergency, keeping people safe. Our thoughts are with our police colleagues in countries that have been hit hard by this virus.

Rest assured, that when we have prevailed, IPA will be a means for our members to again connect with police colleagues around the World, sharing experiences and doing what we do best, Servo Per Amikeco, Service through Friendship. In the meantime, lets continue to practice good hygiene, maintain social distancing, and continue to support our police, healthcare, and emergency services personnel.

Servo Per Amikeco


Important Message from our President re National Council 2020

Each Member

National Executive Committee

Regional Committee

IPA Ireland

Re: IPA Activities  –  Coronavirus

Hi Folks

At this point everyone is aware of the importance of adhering to the advice being issued with regard to all aspects of life, as the country deals with the threat to our health from Coronavirus.

On the 13th of March the National Executive Committee(NEC) had our regular meeting by way of Video Conferencing and decided the following actions

  1. National Council 2020 – This council was due to be convened in Dundalk on the 22nd and 23rd April .  This National Council is postponed to a suitable date in September.  The exact date will be circulated when arrangements are made with the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.
  2. All regions should adhere to the advice given on the holding of meetings and activities. NEC advises that for the duration no meetings or activities should be organised until the advice on such gatherings changes and safe to do so.
  3. Members who avail of IPA accommodation should take all precautions necessary to ensure the safety of guests and staff. Please adhere to the instructions displayed throughout the accommodation.


I and the members of the NEC wish all our members and their families good health and stay safe.

Yours in friendship


 Conor O’ Higgins


IPA Section Ireland

D09 RC94

Tel:  00353 87 9964025

Email: conorohiggins@gmail.com

Website: www.ipaireland.org                     

‘Servo per Amikeco’

IPA Arthur Troop Scholarship 2021 – Reminder of closing date for applications 31 March 2020

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The Arthur Troop Scholarship, as a legacy to the IPA’s founder, is a professional education and advanced training bursary, with the aim of aiding IPA members in their professional careers.

Every year, serving IPA members are invited to submit their application forms to their national section to be in with the chance of receiving a scholarship of up to €2,500 to be used for a seminar or training option of their choosing. Many of the awardees opt to attend a seminar from the wide range on offer at the IPA’s Education Centre – IBZ Gimborn in Germany.

The application period for the 2021 awards runs from 1st November to 31st March 2020, with the successful awardees being announced at the IPA World Congress later that year.

All applications will now be processed through Google Forms in effect from 1st November 2019. You can apply to the ATS through the following link:

https://forms.gle/ATS Online Application Form

For more information, please consult the procedure for the scholarship.

IPA Germany member Natalie Schultz user her scholarship to attend a conference of the International Association of Women Police in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. Read Natalie Schultz’ report

IPA North Macedonia member Milica Ivanova used her scholarship to attend the course ‘Disaster and Crisis Management’ at IBZ Gimbzorn: Milica Ivanova’s report

IPA United Kingdom member Simon Hensley was awarded the Arthur Troop Scholarship in September 2018, and used his bursary to travel and attend an FBI LEEDA Command Leadership institute. Read Simon Hensley’s Report

IPA Australia member Stephen Onorato was awarded the ATS in 2018, and chose to use his bursary to attend the ‘Security Threats within the EU’ course at IBZ Gimborn. Read Stephen’s report

IPA Brazil member Higor Vinicius Nogueira Jorge used his scholarship to attend a course at IBZ Gimborn on the application, technical possibilities, and legal aspects of using drones as a modern police resource: Higor Vinicius Nogueira Jorge’s report (Spanish)

Read IPA Australia member Alannah Cooper’s report on her experience of attending a seminar at IBZ Gimborn using her Arthur Troop Scholarship.

IPA member Mark Camilleri from Malta was able to use his scholarship to qualify as an ASP Instructor: Mark Camilleri’s report.

IPA member Shaukat Ali Sheikh from Pakistan attended the ‘Understanding Terrorism’ seminar held at IBZ Gimborn with his scholarship: Shaukat Ali Sheikh’s report

Read IPA member Mark Lewis’ account of attending a seminar at IBZ Gimborn.

IPA member from South Africa, Claude Malan, attended a course on Cybercrime using his scholarship: Claude Malan’s report

For any further information on this great opportunity, contact us at ipairish@gmail.com.

IPA Section Ireland.

No cancellation fees for IPA Accommodation Bookings

In response to the measures introduced by the Government today, IPA acknowledge that some of our members who have booked accommodation may wish to cancel or postpone their bookings. There will be no late cancellation fees in that regard, with full refunds to members. For further information, please contact chris@ipaireland.org.

Servo Per Amikeco

Chris Cahill

Accommodation Officer

IPA Section Ireland

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